Miss Freeport concert raises about $2,000 for Rushford Fund
By Brandon Reid, Assistant Editor
Freeports sweetheartMiss Freeport 2003 Michelle Mavessang and danced for Rockfords sweetheart5-year-old kidney recipient Angela Rushfordbefore an audience of around 200 May 30 at Highland Community Colleges Ferguson Fine Arts Center in Freeport.
The one-woman concert raised about $2,000 for the Angela Rushford Childrens Organ Donation Fund and served as a tune-up for Maves, who will be competing for the Miss Illinois crown later this month.
Maves, 19, demonstrated an unwavering vocal showcase, taking the audience from set to set and showing signs of Patsy Cline and Katherine Zeta-Jones.
In her first act, Maves performed a number of tunes, including Patsy Clines Crazy, Chicagos All That Jazz, and Amazing Grace. She also accompanied herself on the piano on one song, marking the first time she had played the piano before such a large audience.
Her second act took the audience to the corner of 42nd and Broadway in her one-woman show Give My Regards to Broadway. Maves performed acts from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, and Phantom of the Opera while changing costumes between each act.
Maves, now a sophomore in Musical Theatre and Communications at North Central College in Naperville, has been performing in the Northern Illinois area since she was 3, including singing the National Anthem at Wrigley Field, Comiskey Park and at Milwaukee Bucks games. She also won a Q-98.5 contest that allowed her to sing on stage at the MetroCentre with country music star Shania Twain.
The Angela Rushford Childrens Organ Donation Fund was founded in mid-January 2003 shortly after Rushford underwent a kidney transplant in attempts to correct polycystic renal failure. The fund offers financial assistance to help families curb the costs of organ transplants.
Contributions to the Angela Rushford Childrens Organ Donation Fund can be made by contacting the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois at 962-2110, or by visiting www.cnil.org.